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a subpoena for president trump. his legal team is preparing for that possibility in what could be an historic test of the president's power. the president's longtime doctor had glowing things to say during the campaign, remember, because the president told him to. now harold borenstein claims his office was raided by trump's bodyguards. you hear about slavery 400 years -- for 400 years? that sounds like a choice. >> stunning words from kanye
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west. a response equally as passionate. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. how we doing? >> a little early for kanye west for me. i'm christine romans. wednesday, may 2nd. would the special counsel try to get a subpoena if president trump refused to sit for an interview? it appears the answer could be yes. the trump legal team is bracing for a dramatic legal showdown that could end up in the supreme court. sources tell us robert mueller has raised the threat of a subpoena in at least one meeting. >> some of the president's legal advisers gambling mueller will not go that far, but the legal posturing shows while the president has not totally shut the door on a voluntary interview with mueller's team, the odds are growing slimmer. senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny with more. >> reporter: in the wake of the revelation of new questions from bob mueller's team to the president, we learned late tuesday cnn reported that robert
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mueller has threatened the possibility of a subpoena if the president would not testify. now the president's lawyers have pushed back on that saying, look, they're willing to fight this in court. but the reality is, there are two tracks here. the legal track and the political track. the president has always wanted to end this quickly. he says he has nothing to hide, but legally speaking all the questions in the wake of "the new york times" report this week, some 49 questions, can he answer them without, you know, subjecting himself to any legal peril here? the white house on tuesday did not answer any questions saying if the president would or would not sit down with robert mueller. that, of course, hanging over the white house here amid so many other things going on. of course, north korea, other matters. will the president sit down? we still don't know the answer. >> thanks. president trump's stated desire to see the russia probe end soon has been dealt another blow. the special counsel's office
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asking a federal judge to give it two more months before sentencing michael flynn. the former national security adviser pleaded guilty five months ago to lying to investigators and is cooperating with the special counsel. robert mueller's team telling the court they will provide another update no later than june 29. the threat of the impeachment by house conservatives not phasing deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. the freedom caucus have drafted articles of impeachment against rosenstein. the caucus has been feuding with rosenstein for weeks unhappy about the justice department's response to congressional document requests. critics say the impeachment effort as a way to pressure the department or hamper the russia investigation which rosenstein oversees. rosenstein, a registered republican, mind you, said he will not change course in the face of threats. >> i don't have anything to say about documents like that that nobody has the courage to put
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their name on and that they leak in that way. i can tell you, there have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time, and i think they should understand by now the department of justice is not going to be extorted. >> the freedom caucus chairman, mark meadows, calls rosenstein's response "a lot of rhetoric with little facts." he says rosenstein's, quote, stonewalling, has, quote, embarrassed the department of juf justice department. and the deputy attorney general says he pronounces his name rosenstein, but his relatives answer to rosenstein, and he'll answer to any. >> got it. a famous glowing statement from trump's doctor was dictated by none other than mr. trump himself. his eccentric former physician said in 2015 he wrote the letter stating if elected mr. trump, i can unequivocally say, will be
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the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. which is still hard to believe that happened. cnn has learned exclusively dr. borenstein said he never wrote that letter, donald trump did. that's just one of the bizarre headlines surrounding this guy. alex marquardt has more. >> reporter: good morning. dr. harold borenstein is telling us now that he was not the creative force behind the letter in 2015 that claimed that then-candidate donald trump was in truly excellent health. we caught up with dr. bornstein outside of his office on park avenue in which he told us he, quote, donald trump, dictated the whole letter, i didn't write the letter. over the course of the conversation, he told us that trump had told him what to put in that letter, the phrasing, the wording, bornstein admitted that he used some creative license. he attributed some of the language to what he called his dark humor, comparing it to the movie "fargo," saying it takes
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the truth and moves it in a different direction. now bornstein tells us that he got a call from donald trump as he was crossing central park, not too far away, with his wife in a car. and trump dictate to him what he should put in the letter. bornstein said he responded by saying what could be included, what could not be included. bornstein arrived at the office, he wrote up the letter, signed it, and the trump office then came by to pick it up. we have reached out to the white house. they have not yet responded. christine, dave? >> okay. thanks. now that came after bornstein went public with claims he was robbed when a white house aide arrived at his office and retrieved the president's medical records in february of last year. bornstein telling nbc news that keith schiller, mr. trump's longtime bodyguard, led the way. >> i feel raped. that's how i feel.
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raped, frightened, and sad. >> reporter: what exactly were they looking for? >> his medical records, pictures, anything they could find. they must have here for 25 to 30 minutes. created a lot of chaos. >> you can't make this stuff up, folks. bornstein later told cnn they barged through the door, adding the incident did not adhere to privacy laws. however, the white house and a source familiar with the hand-over of the medical records dispute bornstein's characterization as a raid. no reports were filed in relation to the incident. >> okay. a series of new headaches from embattled epa administrator scott pruitt. two of his employees stepping down after his management and spending practices at the epa came under scrutiny during congressional hearings. among those leaving, pasqual perata, in charge of security
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detail. the detail has ballooned under perata, creating expenses like seats in first class that have drawn the attention of watchdog groups. >> now "the new york times" reports lobbyist jay steven hart, whose wife rented the $50-a-night condo to pruitt, also asked pruitt for help getting three people on the agency's prestigious science advisory board. those people recommended by smithfield foods, a company that was a client of hart's lobbying firm. got that? the epa did not respond to a request from "the new york times" for comment. cnn has also learned a top aide to pruitt, a directed staffer, is to consider opening a fully equipped epa office in pruitt's hometown. tulsa, oklahoma. two weeks before he was confirmed, democrats say the order came from pruitt's now chief of staff ryan jackson. and epa employees believed the request was coming directly from pruitt. the epa inspector general opened an audit of pruitt's tulsa visits that eventually expanded into all of his 2017 travel including expensive trips to
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morocco and italy. >> $100,000 trip to morocco. if democrats regain control of the house in november, nancy pelosi plans to reclaim her old job as speaker. in an interview with the "boston globe," the minority leader says, quote, we will win. i will run for speaker. i feel confident about it, and my members do, too. a lot of democrats believe new blood is needed at the top of the party. they want more moderate voices from the nation's heartland to help them appeal to more blue collar voters. police's also become the primary tug of republicans ahead of midterms. yes, you will be seeing pelosi all across the country in republican ads as we approach the midterms. they believe she is easy to run against. republicans like that optic. >> okay. nine minutes past the hour. temperatures are rising. so are -- also rising, bug-borne diseases typically transmitted in the summer. why has the number nearly quadrupled in the u.s. since 2004?
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17 states and the administration are look at tougher emissions rules instate by california and other states. the epa is not complaining. automakers are complaining about the tougher standards they'll have to meet starting in the model year 2022. they're calling for a single national standard. texas is being joined by six other states in hay lawsuit challenging -- in a lawsuit challenging the legality of daca. this makes the future even murkier for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. the suit argues that president trump's creation of daca was unconstitutional and violated federal law. the case has been reassigned to a district judge who blocked the expansion of daca in 2014.
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the lawsuit could conflict with pro-daca rulings in several regions of the country. it could force the supreme court to decide the issue. west virginia republican senate candidate don blankenship going after majority leader mitch mcconnell defending ad an in which he described mcconnell this way. listen -- >> one of my goals as u.s. senator will be to ditch cocaine mitch. >> yes, cocaine mitch. in a followup press release, blankenship's campaign claims mcconnell's father-in-law who owns a large chinese shipping company, was implicated for smuggling cocaine from colombia to europe. the press release links to a 2014 report in the left-leaning nation magazine that cocaine was found on a ship belonging to the company. a mcconnell spokesman referred to a request for comment on the board of the national senatorial committee that's not yet responded. on fox news, blankenship was
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asked how he would work with mccongress if he won, he replied mccongrenell won't be the major leader. apple is turning its tax savings into a record reward for investors. apple lavished investors with $23 billion during the first three months of 2018, most of any company ever, and more than the value of most s&p 500 companies. think about that. most of the value of most companies, it gave back to shareholders. plus, it plans to give away $100 billion more, $100 billion, making apple shareholders the biggest winners yet of tax reform. the new tax bill makes it cheaper for apple to bring home its foreign cash, and it has a lot at a quarter of a trillion dollars. apple isn't the only one using tax cuts to reward shareholders. corporate america has paid investors $246 billion this year. workers have also received something, about $6 billion in bonuses and wage hikes. look at that disparity. workers, shareholders. the gop touted its tax plan as a boon for main street. democrats are now saying the
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biggest winners so far are wall street. and they're slamming companies for sharing their tax windfall with investors, not more with employees. analysts warn, they're just pay -- that just paying shareholders could hurt long-term growth. companies should be investing in new factories and equipment. after a week of controversial tweets, kanye west took a bizarre turn. listen to what he said on tmz live about slavery. >> you hear about slavery for 400 years. for 400 years? that sounds like a choice. like you was there for 400 years, and it's all of y'all? you know, like -- it's like we're -- we're mentally imprisoned. >> slavery a choice. west later asked tmz employees, quote, do you feel like i'm thinking free and feeling free? that's when van lathan, a tmz employee fired back. >> i actually don't think you're thinking anything. i think what you're doing right now is actually the absence of thought.
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and the reason why i feel like that is because kanye, you're entitled to your opinion, you're entitled to believe whatever you want. but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said. the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. we have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. >> west later took to twitter to clarify his comments saying, of course i know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. my point, he said, is for us to have stayed in that position. even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved. look, kanye west is almost the perfect artist for this generation. he generates publicity with everything he does, positive and in this case very negative. should we pay attention to it? i don't know. does it help him to pay attention?
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>> i don't know. >> does it increase his record sales, album sales? let us know what you thin think @earlystart on twitter. let's have a debate. one that you're not into. >> i just -- >> we'll have this debate with -- i'll have the debate with you. >> when pop culture people started weighing in on things like 4 years of slavery -- -- 400 years of slavery -- >> despicable. most leaders are standing by the iran nuclear deal, but the french president says it doesn't go far enough and wants a broader deal. parts a and b and want more coverage, guess what? you could apply for a medicare supplement insurance plan whenever you want. no enrollment window. no waiting to apply. that means now may be a great time to shop for an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. medicare doesn't cover everything. and like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, these help cover some of what medicare doesn't pay. so don't wait. call now to request your free decision guide.
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french president emmanuel macron criticizing the nuclear deal while not totally opposing trump's view of the agreement. he concedes it is not sufficient, and a broader deal needs to be negotiated. he still maintains it is the best way to monitor iran's nuclear capabilities. macron's comments especially timely with president trump expected to make a decision on pulling out of the deal in the next ten days. cnn's melissa bell tracking latest developments live from paris for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christine. emmanuel macron in australia a few hours ago, going a little bit further to providing some clarification about what is his position with regard to the iran deal. and it seems really that he's positioning himself as a sort of bridge between donald trump, who as we know is skeptical of the deal, had promised during the campaign to get rid of it. we're due to find out on may 12th whether or not he will stick with it. and emmanuel macron is essentially saying, look, all of these other points that you're interested in, things like what happens to iran's nuclear
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program over 2025, iran's ballistic missile program, the wider role of iran in the region, these are all things that we can consider in a broader deal if we accept that the iran nuclear deal provides a solid first pillar within that deal. and now he's spent the last few days going to his allies in europe but also speaking to the russian president and to the israelis and saying to them, look, we have this deal, there are those who signed it, the russians, the europeans, the iranians, for instance, who believe that it is the right deal to stick to. and he's now trying to say, but let us consider all of these other points and work toward a new deal. really trying to provide a bridge between those who back the iran deal as it is and those like donald trump who have been skeptical of it from the start. christine? >> melissa bell for us in paris. thank you for that. a candidate for parliament in iraq is someone you might remember, though you've probably only seen him from behind in some famous video. the man who made headlines
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around the world for this in 2008. throwing his shoes at then-president george w. bush. he's running for national office. he spent nine months in prison for the incident before being let go early for good behavior. buzzfield reports he left -- buzzfeed reports he left the country in 2009 and returned in 2011. the election set for may 12th. >> remember the video? two things. it is the biggest insult in the world, the throwing the shoes. and george w. bush had good instincts, reflexes. did you notice -- >> yes, he did. >> i will say instincts like a cat. pretty good. temperatures rising and summer around the corner, a report from the centers for disease control reveals that diseases transmitted through the bites of ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are a growing public health problem in the u.s. cases of what are called vector-borne diseases have nearly quadrupled from 27,000 cases in 2004 to 96,000 in 2016. wow. the cdc says several factors could explain why.
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they include people moving into forested areas where disease-carrying ticks reside, rising temperatures that extend the tick season, and people and goods moving around the planet at an ever-increasing rate and speed. >> you cringed throughout that read. well done to just continue to power through. i pulled out too many ticks out of my dog who has lyme right now. >> my son had lyme disease. be careful, folks. >> it is very dangerous. changes to the president sitting down with robert mueller, they're getting slimmer. would the special counsel subpoena the commander in chief? the president's legal team preparing for that possibility.
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a subpoena for president trump. his legal team is preparing for that possibility in what could be an historic test of the president's powers. the president's longtime doctor had glowing things to say during the campaign because the president told him to. now harold bornstein claims his office was raided by trump's bodyguard. you hear about slavery for 400 years. for 400 years? that sounds like a choice. >> stunning words from kanye west. the response equally as passionate. we'll talk about that this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> we sure will. whether it's good or bad, people talking about kanye. i'm dave briggs. happy hump day. 31 minutes past the hour. we start in the capital. would the special counsel try to get a subpoena if president trump refused to sit for an interview? it appears the answer could be yes. the trump legal team bracing for a dramatic subpoena showdown that could end up in the supreme
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court. sources tell us robert mueller has raised the threat of a subpoena in at least one meeting with the legal team. >> some of the president's legal advisers are gambling mueller will not go that far. the legal posturing shows that while the president has not totally shut the door on a voluntary interview with mueller's team, the odds are growing slimmer. senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny has more. >> reporter: in the wake of the revelation of new questions from bob mueller's team to the president, and we learned late tuesday night cnn reported that bob mueller has threatened the possibility of a subpoena if the president would not testify. now the president's lawyers have pushed back on that saying, look, they're willing to fight this in court, but the reality is there are two different tracks here. the legal track and the political track. the president has always wanted to end this quickly. he says he has nothing to hide. but legally speaking, all these questions now in the wake of the "new york times" report this week, some 49 questions, can he answer them without, you know,
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subjecting himself to any legal peril here. the white house on tuesday did not answer any questions saying if the president would or would not sit down with robert mueller. so that, of course, hanging over the white house here amid so many other things going on. of course, north korea, other matters. will the president sit down? we still don't know the answer to that question. >> jeff zeleny at the white house. thanks. the threat of impeachment by house conservatives is not phasing deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. republicans in the freedom caucus have drafted articles of impeachment against him. the caucus has been feuding with rosenstein for weeks, unhappy about the justice department's response to congressional document requests. critics see the impeachment effort as a way to pressure the department or hamper the russia investigation which, of course, rosenstein oversees. rosenstein says he will not change course in the face of threats. >> i just don't have anything to say about documents like that that nobody has the courage to put their name on and that they
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leak in that way. i can tell you, you know, there have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time. and i think they should understand by now the department of justice is not going to be extorted. we're going to do what's required by the rule of law. >> freedom caucus chairman mark meadows calls rosenstein's response, quote, a lot of rhetoric with little facts and says rosenstein's stonewalling of the investigation has embarrassed the department of justice. for the record, the deputy says he pronounces his name rosenstein, but relatives go by rosenstein, and he'll answer to any. >> rosenstein then rosenstein. it turns out a famously glowing statement about president trump's health was dictate by none other than trump himself. that's the claim of dr. harold bornstein. >> this guy. >> mr. trump's eccentric former physician who said back in 2015 he wrote the letter state figure elected mr. trump, i can state
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unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency. >> ever. >> cnn has learned dr. bornstein says he never wrote the letter. donald trump did. it's one of the bizarre headlines surrounding this doctor. alex marquardt has that assignment. >> reporter: good morning. well, dr. harold bornstein is telling us now that he was not the creative force behind that letter in december, 2015, that claimed that then-candidate donald trump was in truly excellent health. we caught up with dr. bornstein right here outside his office just off of park avenue in which he told us, quote, he, meaning donald trump, dictate that whole letter, i didn't write that letter. and over the course of the conversation, he told us that trump is had told him what -- trump had told him what to put in the letter, the phrasing, wording. bornstein said he used creative license, he attributed some of the language to his dark humor. he compared it to the movie "fargo" saying it takes the truth and moves it in a different direction.
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now bornstein tells us that he got a call from donald trump as he was crossing central park, not too far away, with his wife in a car. and trump dictate to him what he should put in the letter. bornstein says he responded by saying what could be included, what could not be included. bornstein then arrived at the office. he wrote up the letter, signed it, and the trump office then came by to pick it up. christine and dave, we have reached out to the white house. they have not yet responded. >> thank you. that came after bornstein went public with claims he was robbed when a white house aide arrived at his office and retrieved the president's medical records. that was february of last year. bornstein telling nbc news that keith schiller, mr. trump's former longtime personal bodyguard and confidante, led the way. listen to this description -- >> i feel raped. that's how i feel, raped,
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frightened, and sad. >> what exactly were they looking for? >> well, his medical records, pictures, anything they could find. we must have here for 25 or 30 minutes. a lot of chaos. >> he later told cnn they barged through the back door, adding the incident did not adhere to privacy laws. the white house and a source familiar with the hand-over of the president's medical records dispute the description of this as a raid. no police report was filed in relation to the incident. a series of new headaches for embattled epa administrator scott pruitt. two of his top staffers stepping down days after pruitt's management and spending practices at the epa came under scrutiny during congressional hearings. among those leaving, pasqual perrotta, the special agent in charge of pruitt's security detail. the detail has ballooned under perrotta, creating expenses like
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seats in first class that have drawn the attention of watchdog groups. >> now "the new york times" reports lobbyist jay steven hart whose wife rented the $50-a-night condo to pruitt asked pruitt for help in getting three people on the prestigious science board. the epa did not respond to the request from "the new york times" for comment. cnn has also learned a top aide to pruitt directed staffers to consider opening a fully equipped epa office in pruitt's hometown of tulsa, oklahoma, two weeks before he was even confirmed. democrats say emails show the order came from pruitt's now-chief of staff, ryan jackson. and employees believe the request was coming directly from pruitt. the epa inspector general opened an audit of pruitt's tulsa visits that expanded into all of his 2017 travel including expensive trips to morocco and italy. the one to morocco reportedly cost $100,000 along with a lobbyist. >> yeah. certainly is a huge distraction. the white house has said that
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they're happy with his work, what he's been doing, slashing regulations. but all of that spending and all of those conflicts certainly overshadow that. >> tough to explain his continued presence. all right. temperatures are going up, up, up. so are bug-borne illnesses. typically transmitted in the summer. why has the number nearly quadrupled in the u.s. since 2004?
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president trump rode into office promising higher economic growth, faster wages, and no question the economy is strong. a jobless rate near a 17-year low, wages picking up, a stock market up 30% since the election. for nearly a decade, americans have benefitted from cheap loans, low prices, and a soaring stock market. market pros say nine years into
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the bull market the sands are shifting. the federal reserve is raising subways which means more -- interest rates which means more expensive auto loans and more. the benchmark auto rate at a four-year high and raising. americans are also paying more for everyday things they buy like gas. gas prices this summer are expected to be the highest in four years. and for those who own stocks, the s&p 500 is flat for the year. the timing is fascinating. higher gas prices and mortgage rates just as americans head to the polls this fall. what will that mean for the midterm elections? there's no way to know yet. another wrinkle and a question -- the republican-led congress keeps spending. could that hurt the gop, especially as a pricey budget deal and tax cuts likely means trillion-dollar deficits in the next two years? >> you think voters will factor in spending in the midterms? >> not i don't. i don't know. >> i've got a dollar that says, no, they will not. >> gas prices, i think, are something that people feel every week. so that could be something to really watch this summer. >> yes. >> and i also think it's a
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lagging indicator, too. i think that as the sands shift, it may take more than a few months for people to recognize that the old bull and expansion might be lagging. >> low unemployment, markets are doing well. we'll see. california, meanwhile, leading 16 other states and washington, d.c., suing the epa over its rollback of obama-era auto emission regulations. lowering the standards will create a divide in the country. about one-third of all drivers would still operate under tougher emissions rules established by california and currently followed by 12 other states. the epa has not commented. automakers have been complaining about the tougher standards they'll have to meet starting in the model year 2022. they're calling for a single national standard. california really controls the automotive industry in terms of sales. after a week of controversial tweets, kanye west took a bizarre turn. listen to what he told tmz about spla
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slavery. >> you hear about slavery for 400 years. for 400 years? that sounds like a choice. like you was there for 4 00 years, all of y'all? it's like we're mentally imprisoned. >> west later asked tmz employees, quote, do you feel like i'm thinking free and feeling free? that's when van lathen, a tmz employee, fired back. >> i don't think you're thinking anything. i think what you're doing now is actually the absence of thought. and the reason why i feel like that is because, kanye, you're entitled to your opinion, you're entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said. the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. we have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. >> okay. in this modern, you know, world of how we discuss things, west
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went to twitter later to clarify his comments saying, of course i know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. my point, he said, is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved. >> if twitter is any barometer, people entirely disagree with kanye and think we should not talk about his controversial comments. they just help him. ton let us know on twitte twitter @davebriggstv@early start. most leaders standing by the iran nuclear deal. the french president wants a broader deal.
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if you'd have told me three years ago... that we'd be downloading in seconds, what used to take... minutes. that guests would compliment our wifi. that we could video conference... and do it like that. (snaps) if you'd have told me that i could afford... a gig-speed. a gig-speed network. it's like 20 times faster than what most people have. i'd of said... i'd of said you're dreaming. dreaming!
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definitely dreaming. then again, dreaming is how i got this far. now more businesses in more places can afford to dream gig. comcast, building america's largest gig-speed network. french president and part-time president whisperer emani emanialual -- emmanuel macron says the nuclear deal is the best way to monitor iran's nuclear capabilities. the comments timely with president trump expected to make a decision on pulling out of the deal in the next ten days. melissa bell tracking the latest for us live from paris. good morning, melissa. emmanuel macron in australia a few hours ago, going a little
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bit further to providing some clarification about what is his position with regard to the iran deal. not sure if he will recertify the deal in which he has little faith or stick to the campaign pledge and withdraw. and essentially what macron is trying to do is say, look, these are the areas you're worried about. you're worried about iran's wider role in the region, worried about iran's ballistic missile program, you're worried about what happens beyond 2025. let's put these three questions, these three pillars as he's called them, in this new multilateral international deal, not only with the signatories of the first deal but with other potential countries negotiating on the broader deal for middle east. look, we already have the first pillar taken care of, and it takes the shape of the iran nuclear deal as we know it, which deals with iran's nuclear program up until 2025. let's stick to it, let's keep it because it is the best solution we have for keeping an eye on that nuclear program even as we pick up the broader
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conversation, the broader negotiation about a better, bigger deal. the beauty of it is it president trump chooses to withdraw on the 12th, macron will say, well, at least we have this broader negotiation underway and are keeping the united states under the multilateral negotiations. in a sense it is a win-win. really the world is waiting to see which way donald trump will go on may 12th. >> see if macron has impact on his friend, president trump. all right. thank you. a candidate for parliament in iraq is someone you might remember, though you have probably only seen him from behind. the man who made headlines around the world in 2008 after throwing his shoes at then-president george w. bush. he is running for office. he spent nine months in prison for doing that before being let go early for good behavior. the election is set for may 12th. forest service investigators in arizona say the tinder fire
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burning near flagstaff was started by an abandoned illegal campfire. officials say the fire has burned more than 11,000 acres since it began last friday, is 0% contained. more than 1,000 homes and structures are being threatened. the fire being driven by strong winds gusting to 30 miles per hour. arizona's governor, doug doocy, declared a state of emergency in coco nino county, in response to the spreading fire. with temperatures rising and summer around the corner, a terrifying report for the centers for disease control reveals the diseases transmitted through the bites of ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are a growing public health problem in the u.s. folks, this is a story on the front cover of every major newspaper this morning because it is a big deal. cases of what are called vector-borne disease vs. nearly quadrupled nationwide from 27,000 cases in 2004 to 96,000 in 2016. the cdc says several factors could explain why. they include people moving into
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forested areas where disease-carrying ticks reside, rising temperatures that extend the tick season, and people and goods moving around the planet at ever-increasing rates of speed. welcome back, steph curry. curry took to the floor for the first time in five weeks and took control leading golden state to victory in game two of their playoff series with the new orleans pelicans. in 27 minutes, curry scored 28 points including five three pointers in the warriors' 121-116 win, giving them 2-0 lead in the series. meantime, lebron james and the cavaliers stealing game one of their second round series against the raptors in toronto. the cavs winning 113-112 in overtime. lebron, 26 points, a triple-double. one of the worst games of the season for him. that does not bode well for toronto going forward in terms of shooting from the floor. still, a triple-double not bad for lebron. that's sports.
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here's cnn money. global stocks mostly higher now. the u.s. futures are mixed after wall street rebounded on talk of trade negotiation, not conflict. mexico's economy minister said a new nooafta deal is likely. the president wants to open it to foreign companies, not change the whole system. top economic advisers head to beijing this week for trade talks. there's a lot of headline risk on trade now, folks. the dow bounced to close slightly lower yesterday. the s&p 500, the nasdaq rose, helped by a 2% jump from apple. speaking of apple, iphone sales were decent during the first three months of 2018. but i want you to look at profit. it soared. something like 25%. the nearly $1,000 iphone 10 is the reason it didn't boost the total number sold. apple sold 3% more iphones than last year. the high price tag helped sales rise 16%. plans to turn tax savings to gifts for shareholders.
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it makes it cheaper to bring home the $250 billion in foreign cash. so it's going to give $100 billion away to investors. it already paid them $23 billion during the first quarter this year, the most of any company ever. watch out tinder, facebook is getting into the dating game. facebook announced a free speech that lets users set up dating profiles. it won't be visible to friends or appear in news feeds and won't match with people users already know. the feature will play matchmaker for use but encourages them to -- for users but encourages them to spend more time on the site. it includes job postings, payments, and online food delivery. >> that's what we need. more time on facebook. are you a faber? >> i am so -- facebooker? >> i am so not. >> i pop in and out, i'm with you. coming up, the latest on a
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potential of a subpoena for the president. a subpoena for president trump. his legal team preparing for that possibility in what could be an historic test of the president's powers. and the president's longtime doctor had glowing things to say during the campaign because the president told him to. now harold bornstein claims his office was raided by trump's bodyguard. you hear about slavery for 400 years. for 4 00 years? that sounds like a choice. >> stunning words from kanye west. the response equally as passionate. good morning, welcome to "early start," everybody, i'm christine romans. that's the water cooler story you'll be hearing interested to. >> a lot of people talking about kanye once again. good morning, i'm dave briggs. wednesday, may 2nd. 5:00 a.m. in the east. good morning to all of you. we start in the capitol. would the special counsel subpoena president trump if he refused to sit for an interview? it now appears the answer could be

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